13-06-2006

Tacoma Art Museum, Antoine Predock. Tacoma, 2003

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The new Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) by Antoine Predock opened in the spring of 2003. The building at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Hood Street is an expansion on the old art museum in the heart of the city's cultural district, near the University of Washington Tacoma and the Washington State History Museum and next door to the original Museum of Glass.



Tacoma Art Museum, Antoine Predock. Tacoma, 2003 The museum does not inflict a style but adopts a linear, linear, minimalist vocabulary that is sober, refined and elegant. The elements inspiring it are light, transparency, the view of the mountain chain to the west, and the industrial vernacular of the site it stands on, adjacent to the port area and the old docks.
Stone, wood and glass are the materials that give the building form, the same materials that form the urban fabric of the city of Tacoma. On the exterior, the building's clean, squared-off volumes are covered with a skin of steel; inside, the museum is arranged around a fissure running the full height of the building, surrounded by glass walls which invite, catalyse and attract natural light and convey it into the galleries.

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